Academicians condemn controversial statement of Khawaja Asif

Academicians condemn controversial statement of Khawaja Asif

controversial statement of Khawaja Asif

Strongly reacting to the controversial statement of Federal Minister for Defense Khawaja Asif regarding vice-chancellors in the National Assembly Session, the former Chairperson Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Dr Nizamuddin termed the statement as a ‘shameful act’.

He said that a minister has no right to disrespect universities’ vice chancellors in an overgeneralized manner, instead the government can investigate and file a suit against a VC and the accused has the right of defense on various forums.

He was speaking at a dinner discussion on ‘Higher Education Budget 2023-24 and Role of Media’, hosted by educationist and in-charge PU TV, School of Communication Studies, Associate Professor Dr Shabbir Sarwar at PU Club.

On this occasion, Prof Dr Shafiq Jullandhry, Dr Mujahid Mansoori, Pro Rector Institute of Art and Culture Dr Ashraf Khan, Dr Muhammad  Khalid from University of Lahore, Dr Mian Javed and Tayyab Bhatti from University of Management & Technology, Dr Aamer Bajwa from Lahore Garrison University and Abbas Butt from Superior University were present.

In his address, Dr Shabbir Sarwar said that private universities were making money while public sector universities were facing a serious economic crisis for their survival. ‘Following the footsteps of American and European universities, our vice chancellors must think out of the box and focus on fundraising instead of indulging in micro-management issues of the varsities’, he added.

Dr Ashraf and Dr Mujahid Mansoori said that the education budget was less than 2 percent of GDP; it should be at least 5 percent. Other speakers also emphasized the role of the media to highlight the significance of an appropriate at least 5 percent education budget.

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